What is Butter?
Butter is made by churning milk until the fat solids condense and separate from the liquid. The remaining buttermilk is removed and what’s left is butter which typically consists of 80% fat, 16% water, and 3% milk solids.
What is Ghee?
Ghee is clarified butter, a concentrated version that’s free from excess water and milk solids. Thus leaving only the fat behind which gives it similar characteristics to that of coconut oil.
Butter vs. Ghee
Each one serves a different purpose in my book. When compared to butter, ghee is free of lactose and casein. These two milk proteins are responsible for most dairy intolerances and allergies. So with that said, if you’re trying to avoid inflammatory foods from your diet then ghee may be the better choice. Two other reasons why I love ghee is that #1 it’s shelf stable and can last in your cabinets for months and #2 it has a higher smoke point than butter so it’s safer to use for things such as sautéing and frying. In our house we use butter more as topping for things such as potatoes, toast, etc. When cooking we choose ghee, which has that same great buttery taste but without the burn factor. Both ghee and butter are great sources of omega 3 fatty acids and are good for brain function – IF you choose the right brand!
(photo by: foodbabe.com)
In the link below the Food Babe guides you on how to choose the most nutritious butter!
I hope this helps to maybe answer some questions for you or even possibly introduce ghee to you for the first time. We are a huge fan of it in our house. Maybe give it a try for yourself!
Where do I buy it from? Thrive Market, of course 🙂